About Robert L. Van Kirk
My first career was in the investment and banking business. I worked for a number of firms around the country over thirty-five plus years. It was a challenging and worthwhile endeavor. During that time, I had a lot of fun writing humorous material for family occasions: birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and the like. The sessions typically turned out to be roasts of the people being honored. Usually those in the spotlight would laugh, joined by the other folks in the room. Sometimes everyone would just sit there and stare at me. Like I was a grease spot on the floor that needed mopping up. You never know with relatives.
Growing up, my favorite filmmakers were the Marx Brothers, W. C. Fields, and Woody Allen in his early years. Crazy, laugh-out-loud dialogue, goofy action sequences, and wonderful satire. Later, I discovered authors Dave Barry and Carl Hiaasen who took a similar approach to their art.
Along the way, I came up with the idea of writing a humorous novel. I mean, how hard could that be? I got around to the task in 2005, late in my investment career, while sitting in an outplacement office in Columbus, Ohio. My job had been eliminated when my investment organization was bought out by another.
On a bitter cold January day, with snow drifting out of a gray sky, I pulled out a yellow tablet and pen and began what was to become Chapter One of Wormwood High Crimes and a Bunch of Misdemeanors. The pen and paper lasted until I got over feeling like Robert Benchley and moved on to Microsoft Word. High Crimes took six years.
I retired from the investment business in 2009 and began writing full time. High Crimes came out in 2011, Wormwood Beyond Dead in 2014, and Hog Heaven in 2016. All three were self-published. More stories are on the way.